This study investigated weight changes and patient characteristics associated with weight gain in a public psychiatric hospital. A retrospective chart review was conducted on a multi-racial population admitted for psychiatric inpatient treatment. Patients gained an average of 5.41 pounds during psychiatric hospitalization. Patients with normal weight at admission were significantly more likely to gain weight compared to overweight or obese patients. Black patients showed the greatest weight gain, while Asian patients showed the smallest weight gain. This study suggests that it may be possible to identify specific demographic characteristics that warrant more intensive clinical evaluation, although additional research is necessary.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Phychiatric Mental Health